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If you're looking for a quick overview of the game - how it's played, what you need, and the rules/etiquette then look no further:
  1. The basics: Golf is played on a course consisting of 18 holes. The object of the game is to hit a ball into each hole in as few strokes as possible. Golfers use clubs of varying lengths and angles to hit the ball off a tee and into the fairway, and eventually onto the green and into the hole.

  2. Equipment: To get started, you'll need a set of golf clubs, which usually includes a driver, a set of irons, and a putter. You'll also need golf balls, tees, and golf shoes. It's a good idea to rent or borrow clubs before investing in your own set to ensure that golf is a sport you want to continue playing.

  3. Rules and etiquette: Golf has a complex set of rules, but as a beginner, the most important thing is to be respectful of other golfers and to play safely. Golfers should be quiet and still while other players are hitting, repair any divots or ball marks on the green, and observe the proper order of play.

  4. Golf course layout: Golf courses are usually divided into sections including the tee box, the fairway, the rough, and the green. The tee box is where you begin each hole, and the green is where the hole is located. The fairway is the area between the tee box and the green, and the rough is the longer grass that borders the fairway.

  5. Basic swing: The golf swing is the fundamental movement used to hit the ball. It involves gripping the club, standing in the proper stance, and making a backswing followed by a downswing, striking the ball, and following through.

  6. Practice: Like any sport, golf requires practice to improve. Try to find a driving range or practice facility where you can work on your swing and get comfortable with your clubs before playing a round on a course.

  7. Lessons: Golf lessons can be a great way to learn the basics of the game, get tips on improving your swing, and learn the rules and etiquette of the sport. Many courses offer lessons for beginners, and private instructors are also available.

Remember, golf is a game that takes time and practice to master. Don't get discouraged if you don't see immediate improvement, and focus on enjoying the experience of being on the course and spending time outdoors.


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1 comment

Elaina D'Agostino

I appreciate the advice about respecting other players and repairing divots on the greenery. I want to avoid leaving too many divots because I’m not good at finding them. Is there a way to consult an app to see which are low places where I wouldn’t leave too many marks?

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